by adustyframe ~ August 25th, 2008

When I put James in bed at night, we count our blessings of the day.

I believe doing so helps us reframe our thoughts about the day’s happenings. Many parts of our life seem so ugly (and they are!) that we have to stop and pay attention to all the good things God has done for us.

The other night, James prayed and we talked a little bit.

I asked what his blessings of the day were. He said, “My parents, my house, my cat.” He listed a few other things then said, “Because we don’t deserve them. We only deserve God.”

I looked at him and said, “Well, we don’t deserve God. We deserve to be punished for our sins.”

The look of shock on his face was so complete. His eyes bugged out and he said,


He laid in his bed sputtering. “I never thought of that before.” he said.

He has mentioned this a few times since then. He said, “I never thought about that. I didn’t know we didn’t deserve God!”

I enjoy watching him learn and grow. It’s such a blessing to share my faith with him and to listen to him as he learns about God.

I’m always amazed how these parenting moments speak to my own heart. Do I act as if I deserve God? Do I think I deserve his blessings?

It’s something to think about. I think we often DO behave towards God with an attitude of entitlement.

I pray that this attitude will not be present in my life.


6 Thoughts Shared to Shock

  1. TransitionGirl

    It’s so good that he learns this young. It will aid him in living his life for the glory of God and not himself. No wonder Jesus said we should be like children. The purity, the innocent adoring love for the Lord, the desire to grow and learn. So beautiful.

    Yes! So much better for children to learn about God while young.

  2. Lisa

    One of the great “aha” moments in his life. He really is growing up. Good lesson.

    Yes he is (sniff sniff!)

  3. Mama Hen

    It is always so interesting to hear our children and their views about life and God. It really can give us a fresh perspective on what we believe.

    I really enjoy your blog and all that you share.

    Thank you Mama Hen for you kind words. I think children are so much clearer on matters of faith and God than we give them credit for. I love learning from him!

  4. Pam

    The Lord clearly knew what he was doing when he made you James mom……he is a blessed little boy….

    awww! Thank you, Pam!

  5. Christy

    Wow. Will you be my mom? I needed to hear that, too.

    Well…… I don’t think I’m old enough to be your mom;)! Sorry.

  6. Sara

    I am trying to imagine that feeling of suddenly getting that. It really is shocking. for me it’s been a slow dawning, so I need to step back to get the full effect. Wow!

    I thought about this after your comment. I guess I’m not sure exactly when I realized this either and perhaps I realized it over a period of time too. I guess it really is a shocking thought to be hit with all at once.

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